American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Imperceptible; inappreciable: an insensible change in temperature.
- adj. Very small or gradual: insensible movement.
- adj. Having lost consciousness, especially temporarily; unconscious: lay insensible where he had fallen.
- adj. Not invested with sensation; inanimate: insensible clay.
- adj. Devoid of physical sensation or the power to react, as to pain or cold; numb.
- adj. Unaware; unmindful: I am not insensible of your concern.
- adj. Not emotionally responsive; indifferent: insensible to criticism.
- adj. Lacking meaning; unintelligible.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not perceptible by the senses; imperceptible; inappreciable.
- Not sensible to the mind; not consciously apprehended or appreciated; unconscious.
- Without the power of feeling or sensation; without corporeal sensibility.
- Not susceptible of emotion or passion; void of feeling or tenderness: as, to be insensible to the sufferings of others.
- Void of sense or meaning; meaningless.
- Dull, torpid, senseless, unconscious, unfeeling, unsusceptible, indifferent, hard, callous.
- n. One who is lacking in sensibility; a thoroughly apathetic person.
- adj. Unable to be perceived by the senses.
- adj. Incapable or deprived of physical sensation.
- adj. Unable to be understood; unintelligible.
- adj. Lacking sense or intelligence.
- adj. Incapable of mental feeling; indifferent.
- adj. Incapable of emotional feeling; callous; apathetic.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Destitute of the power of feeling or perceiving; wanting bodily sensibility; unconscious.
- adj. Not susceptible of emotion or passion; void of feeling; apathetic; unconcerned; indifferent; ; -- often used with
- adj. Incapable of being perceived by the senses; imperceptible. Hence: Progressing by imperceptible degrees; slow; gradual.
- adj. obsolete Not sensible or reasonable; meaningless.
- adj. Incapable of feeling a specific sensation or emotion.
- adj. barely able to be perceived
- adj. unaware of or indifferent to
- adj. incapable of physical sensation
- adj. unresponsive to stimulation
- From Latin insensibilis (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin īnsēnsibilis, imperceivable : in-, not; see in-1 + sēnsibilis, perceptible; see sensible. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“-- From these openings, there constantly passes a vapor, forming what we call the insensible perspiration.”
“No artery or important blood vessel was severed by any of the wounds inflicted upon him, but he was for a long time insensible from the loss of blood.”
“I have other deeds – The Baroness could hear no more; she was carried insensible from the apartment.”
“No matter what, there are some times that you reasonable be dressed to explain to everyone that you dire term insensible from everybody but that idiosyncratic person.”
“Honorius could remain insensible of the public disgrace, he might perhaps be affected by the personal misfortunes of his generous kinsmen.”
“For those are called insensible who are deficient with regard to pleasures of touch.”
“I begin to understand it: but I confess that the idea of insensible heat is so new and strange to me, that it requires some time to render it familiar.”
“It is the extreme mobility of which man is capable, owing to his peculiar organization, that distinguishes him from other beings that are called insensible or inanimate; the different degrees of this mobility, of which the individuals of his species are susceptible, discriminate them from each other; make that incredible variety, that infinity of difference which is to be found, as well in their corporeal faculties, as in those which are mental or intellectual.”
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“He had slipped into the mother's belief and reverence, not by any spell of suffering or harrowing convictions, but by a kind of insensible growth toward them, and an easy, deliberate, moderate living by them, which more active and incisive minds cannot comprehend.”
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